Forschungsschwerpunkt Translationale Neurowissenschaften Mainz


Research group „Pain and autonomic nervous system“

Our main research focus is the physiology of acute pain as well as the pathophysiology and therapy of chronic pain syndrome as the complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). A further research interest is the identification of mechanisms leading to endogenous pain inhibition on the one hand and of mechanisms being involved in chronic manifestation of pain on the other hand. We further investigate interactions of the autonomic nervous system, psychological mechanisms and the pain processing system. Therefore, we involve a broad range of psychophysical and electrophysiological as well as imaging methods (e.g. fMRI, rt-fMRI, VBM, PET). Depending on the research question we assess certain patient populations (e.g. patients suffering from painful/ non-painful diabetic polyneuropathy, CRPS, postherpetic neuropathy, migraine) or healthy subjects.


Head of group:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. F. Birklein


Team members:

Herr Dipl.-Psych. M. Breimhorst

Frau D. Buniatyan

Herr Dr. med. M. Féchir

Herr Dr. med. C. Geber

Frau G. Godefroid, M.Sc. in Psychology

Frau Dr. med. S. Mbialeu

Frau Dr. med. T. Schlereth


14. September 2017
NIC meeting
Christian Paret (Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim) will give a talk on “Real-time fMRI neurofeedback from the amygdala: Feasibility, clinical application and brain mechanisms” in the NIC meeting on Thursday, September 14th....more
24. August 2017
NIC meeting
Dr. Til Ole Bergmann (University of Tübingen) will be guest speaker in the NIC meeting on Thursday, August 24th. His talk: “On the function of neuronal oscillations – insights from transcranial brain stimulation and multimodal imaging” will be at noon in the seminar room in building 701....more
13. July 2017
NIC meeting
Philipp Horstmann (Psychiatry, Mainz) will present the current status of the MRI study investigating the influence of prg-1 (plasticity related gene) genotype on brain morphology and function in the NIC meeting on July 13th. The NIC meetings starts at 12:00 in the seminar room in building 701!...more